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An imaginary land of easy and luxurious living.

[Middle English cokaigne, from Old French, from (pais de) cokaigne, (land of) plenty, from Middle Low German kōkenje, diminutive of kōke, cake.]


(kɒˈkeɪn) or


(European Myth & Legend) medieval legend an imaginary land of luxury and idleness
[C14: from Old French cocaigne, from Middle Low German kōkenje small cake (of which the houses in the imaginary land are built); related to Spanish cucaña, Italian cuccagna]


or Cock•ayne


a fabled land of luxury and idleness.
[1250–1300; Middle English cokaygn(e) < Middle French (paide) cocaigne (land of) Cockaigne, idler's paradise]
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Noun1.Cockaigne - (Middle Ages) an imaginary land of luxury and idleness
fictitious place, imaginary place, mythical place - a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings
Dark Ages, Middle Ages - the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance
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28) Matilde Serao's Il paese di cuccagna (1890) reiterates the model of Collodi's paese dei balocchi by similarly describing the deceit behind the fever for lotto animating the city of Naples.
In her second chapter, "The Tropics of Race in the Land of Cockayne," Coburn examines the poetics of race in Serao's 1891 masterpiece, II paese di cuccagna, grounding her theoretical framework on previous studies by Nancy Harrowitz (Anti-Semitism, Misogyny and the Logic of Cultural Difference, 1994) and Riccardo Bonavita (Gli spettri dell'altro, 2009).
15) Among the renditions of the "paese di Cuccagna" in Italian Renaissance literature, Rossi lists a sixteenth-century Trionfo dei poltroni (399) and early seventeenth-century Trionfo della Cuccagna (400).
Quella e parranda de los la cuccagna delle guarismos es cifre
La explosion destrozo el vidrio de un escritorio y causo heridas en una mano y los ojos al director de la agencia, Marco Cuccagna.
Baldari M, Tamburro A, Sabatinelli G, Romi R, Severini C, Cuccagna P, et al.
Marco Cuccagna had lost part of one finger, but his life was not in danger
1890, << Il paese de cuccagna >> : 105-107, Romanzi e racconti italiani dell'ottocento, a cura di P.